Industrial Food Complexes

Azul's picture

This SweetSurprise campaign pisses me the fuck off (The newly launched campaign advocating the use of high fructose corn syrup as a sweetener)

The Reality:
High fructose diets may cause liver damage and liver disease, weight gain, mineral deficiencies, which can cause immune and insulin disorders, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance and intestinal issues including: pain, flatulence, bloating and loose stools or possibly diarrhea. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fructose#Health_effects)

High fructose corn syrup also contains virtually no fiber. Fiber has been shown to be a regulator of digestion; it slows absorption down. Slower absorption means that blood-sugar level spikes don't occur, which can cause insulin resistance and has been hypothesized to cause hyperactivity in children. Fiber also causes a decrease in the likelihood of colon cancer, though this has become disputed.

I dunt like industrial food -,-

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Adam A's picture

omg u'r so cute right now!

omg u'r so cute right now!

fatefellshort's picture

Really interesting

oops double post kdsahfasf

fatefellshort's picture

Really interesting

Really interesting =]

Question: is industrial food non-organic food? I never heard that term before.

Question two, if you happen to know: Uhh, I probably consume a lot of aspartame daily (in order to decrease calorie intake). Especially in say, lipton diet green tea. (that stuff is my life haha). Were any more studies done linking it to cancer? I researched it at one point but everything was sort of dead-end so I gave up and keep consuming the stuff 'cause it helps me lose weight. Am I gonna be one of the people of this generation who gets cancer down the road because nobody knew that chemical sweeteners cause cancer or some crazy shiz?

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Question 1: No, the

Question 1: No, the industrial food complex system is not strictly "in-organic food". The industrial food complex system refers to a system in which food or food products are produced in a massive scale, usually involving monocultures. Monocultures aren't good. Have you ever seen just an entire grove of pine trees occur in nature or the same type of grass in a large area? Sure, there's areas in which there's a high concentration, but on a large scale it's all mixed together. Each organism has some positive and some negative. Grouping them together creates more positives, which in turn negates the negative; it creates a defense complex. I mean, would you attack an enemy army without air support, without an armored cavalry division, without a navy, without mobile infantry or without artillery? Having a monoculture eliminates this "defense complex". The plants are much more susceptible to disease, which calls for the use of inorganic pesticides or fertilizers. Also, there's some plants with things called "nodules". In this nodules exist a type of bacteria called "Vigna bacteria". This "Vigna bacteria" naturally fixates nitrogen; it essentially fertilizes the ground naturally. This is much more effecient. Some plants that have these nodules, and thus self-fertilize are legumes, peas (only in desperate circumstances) and soy.

The monocultures can be entirely organic though. The farms can employ the use of organic pesticides and fertilizers.

The industrial farm complex also calls for a vast transportation system, thus consuming energy, usually dirty energy.

Local grown food thus eliminates transportation usage and usually removes monocultures. This is much more efficient and much more environmentally friendly.

The industrial food complex system also relies heavily on processing, which (with the exception of canning, creation of tofu, ect) removes vital nutrients. It also costs energy.
Note: Local is considered within 100mi of your habitation.

Question 2: Aspartame I don't believe has been linked to cancer, and if there is a study linking it to cancer, it's debated. Phenylketonuria is a problem involving aspartame, but the condition is genetic. It sounds like you're not a phenylketonuric, so the condition doesn't pertain to you. I wouldn't recommend consuming "fake sugars" or "nutritionally nil sweeteners" on a regular basis though. These sweeteners don't usually occur in nature. Your body isn't used to them and it is debated whether or not it may cause health problems. Though your consumption of aspartame is minimal (notice where aspartame falls on the list in the "ingredients" section of the bottle. The ingredients start out as most plentiful then gradually goes down to least plentiful)

Snapple is also included in the industrial food complex. I'd recommend just using straight honey (has antioxidants, and isn't totally fructose) and using tea leaves (You can't avoid the industrial food complex here, because tea is usually only an import). Put it in a Nalgene or Sigg bottle and you're good to go. You'll probably end up using a lot less sweetener too.

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P.S.

This liver disease induced by chronic consumption of high fructose corn syrup on a moderate to high level is actually the same thing as what alcohol does to the liver, cirrhosis. cirrhosis is characterized by a fat plugged liver. Pleasant sounding, huh?

fatefellshort's picture

Wow thanks!! I love reading

Wow thanks!! I love reading this stuff, though I could never spurt out knowledge like you =P I'm so glad I'm taking bio this year.

Hmm okay thanks. It's pretty far down the list in most things I eat but I've noticed it is in a LOT of foods. Ehk I should probably buy stuff from around the perimeter of the food store more.

My favorite tea was st. john's wart (sp?) but I'm not allowed to take it anymore because it conflicts with my medication. Grrr. And it supposedly makes you 'happy'. hehe. Oh well, anything is good I guess.

Are you planning on being some sort of chef or nutritionalist?

Azul's picture

Doctor specializing in

Doctor specializing in pathology or neurology. I'm leaning towards pathology currently.

fatefellshort's picture

Ohh awesome I respect that

Ohh awesome I respect that =]
Do you know about hot viruses, etc.? I just read that book The Hot Zone and now I'm scared shitless. Well not quite that scared but there's some pretty crazy stuff out there.